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Non-Profit Leadership Program Accepting Applications


A new program aimed at providing training to the leaders of non-profit organizations is now accepting applications. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

The Go Lead program is part of the Community and Social Issues Institute at Missouri State University and is designed for staff of non-profits, their board members and volunteers.

Gail Melgren is program coordinator for Go Lead.

She says there are two program tracks, one for beginners and one for those with experience.

Those who participate in the more advanced program will benefit from speakers who are well-known in the area.

Melgren says participants will learn a great deal from the presentations.

There will be eight sessions, one each month beginning in September and ending in May...There will be no session in December.

Anyone who participates in seven of the eight sessions will receive a non-profit management certificate from Missouri State.

Melgren says she expects a good response to the Go Lead program since there are so many non-profits in the area.

The Go Lead program grew out of conversations between officials at Missouri State University and members of the community, who note that oftentimes, non-profit leaders assume many responsibilities without adequate training...much of their training happens on the job.

Lloyd Young is director of the university's Community and Social Issues Institute, which is home to the Go Lead program.

He says increasingly, communities expect more from non-profits and their leaders.

Go Lead program coordinator Gail Melgren says she hopes that participants will take away new skills and new contacts.

The Go Lead program sessions are limited to 25 participants. Information on the Go Lead program is available by calling 417-836-3701.